For more than 35 years, De Queen Auto Group has been a sponsor of the Sevier County Fair’s Ram Rodeo, which runs both tonight and Saturday night at 8 p.m. According to Paul Lewis, who is the lead man for the auto group at the rodeo, it’s an opportunity for the community to get together and meet up with old friends.
“We like it because we get to see all our local customers and out of town customers,” Lewis said. “Sometimes we don’t see them as often but we’’ll see them at the rodeo.”
The Ram Rodeos began in the 1970s and now includes stops at cities throughout the U.S. and Canada. Participants of the local Arkansas Rodeo Association sanctioned event come primarily from Arkansas, Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Lewis said that it helps bring people into town that will spend money that helps support the fairgrounds.
Along with the rodeo mainstays of barrel racing, team roping and bull riding, Lewis said it’s always enjoyable to watch the younger generation events of mutton busting and calf scrambles by local 4-H and FFA members as well.
“It’s fun for all ages to watch, from kids of to great grandparents,” he said.
De Queen Auto Group will be giving out door prizes throughout the night, including an ice chest, flashlights, umbrellas and an oil change. While in the past they have held horseshoe tossing challenges for large prizes, there will not be one this year. Attendees will be given handout items at the rodeo as well, though Lewis didn’t know specifically what the night’s giveaways would be.
“We always love it because it helps get the community together,” Lewis said.